Peter Cunningham

Peter Cunningham, Executive Director of Education Post

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Executive Director, Education Post

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Peter Cunningham is the executive director of Education Post. He recently served as assistant secretary for communications and outreach in the U.S. Department of Education during the Obama Administration’s first term. Prior to that he worked with Arne Duncan when he was CEO of the Chicago Public Schools.

Peter is affiliated with Whiteboard Advisors, a DC-based education policy, research and communications firm. He serves on several non-profit boards, including Oakland-based Great Schools, which provides school quality information to parents through a national on-line platform, The Montessori School of Englewood, a Chicago public charter school, Manufacturing Renaissance, a career education program that trains public high school students for jobs in manufacturing, Unbounded, an organization supporting teachers in schools that are transitioning to higher standards, and Foolproofme.com, which is focused on financial literacy for students.

Peter founded Cunningham Communications, serving public, private and non-profit clients, worked for political consultant David Axelrod, and was a senior advisor and speechwriter for Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley.

A native New Yorker, Peter began his career as a journalist with small weekly newspapers in New York. He earned an M.S. in Journalism from Columbia University and a B.A. in Philosophy from Duke University. He is married to artist, Jackie Kazarian, and they have two adult children who are proud graduates of the Chicago Public Schools.

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Posted Apr. 20, 2017
America's Promise Alliance President & CEO John Gomperts kicks-off Recommit To Kids | The Summit for America's Future on Tuesday, April 18, 2017, in New York.  To learn more, visit www.Recommit2Kids.org. (Amy Sussman/AP Images for America's Promise Alliance)

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Posted Mar. 29, 2017
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Posted Mar. 22, 2017
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Posted Mar. 16, 2017
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Posted Mar. 2, 2017
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